STPSO: Man used spray paint, lighter fluid to set fire to Covington home

STPSO: Man used spray paint, lighter fluid to set fire to Covington home

COVINGTON, LA (WVUE) - A 19-year-old man was booked Tuesday night in connection with a fire at a Covington home where he had a previous arrest this month for an altercation with the homeowners.

Adam Heap faces simple arson, resisting an officer and simple burglary.

According to the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office, a deputy was called to the home on Jefferson Avenue just before 10 p.m. in response to a fire. When he arrived, Deputy Kenneth Szalajeski saw a white male standing in the doorway of the home with flames visible inside.

The man fled, and Szalajeski grabbed a fire extinguisher from his patrol car and went to work on the fire. Once the flames were out, the deputy chased the man down Jefferson Avenue, catching up with him at another nearby home. The deputy said the man, identified at Heap, was out of breath and had what appeared to be white spray paint on his hands and mouth.

Fire District 12 Chief of Prevention Kristopher Hines determined that the fire was started with an accelerant. Police said a can of charcoal starter fluid and a can of white spray paint were found near where the fire started. Two additional fires were discovered in other parts of the home and were extinguished by fire district personnel.

Heap was booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail. His bond has not yet been set.

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